Religion: Unreasonable Parents

Angry with his about-to-be-married 18-year-old daughter and vexed at Roman Catholic Church authorities who refused to block the ceremony, Dr. Joseph A. Porcello went quietly berserk. Near his home in Pleasantville, N.Y., a town of seemly zoning restrictions and well-barbered lawns, the obstetrician found four rocks stowed them in his medical bag. Then he headed grimly for Manhattan.

There, in the shadowed quiet of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Dr. Porcello flung the rocks at a stained-glass window. He missed, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. Later he learned that his daughter's marriage to her 30-year-old, former prep school English teacher had taken place three...

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